1. Drink a glass of water
Sometimes when you have a craving for something sweet, you are simply dehydrated. Drink a glass of cool water to see if that quells your craving.
2. Eat a piece of fruit or nuts
Keep fruit and nuts or string cheese at the ready so you have a reasonably healthy treat when you have a hunger pang or craving. Fruit and nuts both offer a good mix of fiber and vitamins to help you feel sated – and the nuts offer additional value with protein and fat.
3. Don’t surround yourself with temptation.
If the cookies are in the pantry or ice cream is in the freezer, it’s that much harder to say no. Don’t surround yourself with these temptations. While we all face temptations at work and in public, at home, it’s fairly easy to control what you eat, so don’t add to the temptation.
4. Remind yourself it will still be there anytime.
Remind yourself that you don’t have to have the apple pie or the donut just because it’s there – it will still be there next time you pass by. Allow yourself the occasional indulgence, so that you know you always have a treat to look forward to – just not today.
5. Choose wisely
Remember if it didn't swim, run, fly, grow out of the ground or fall out of a tree, you should not be eating it.
Dr. Snyder is a Board certified Cardiothoracic surgeon and Certified in Age Management Medicine. He Co-founded AgeWell Men’s Institute to help men better manage aging with bio-identical hormone replacement and diet. See their ad for more information or visit their website at www.agewellmensinstitute.com.